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Participation of Dr. Shahriari Afshar in 37th session of Human Rights Council at Geneva and reading statements

Dr. Shahriari Afshar Patron of FHA Iran participated in 37th session of HRC meeting at Geneva from 7th March to 16th March 2018. She read statements in the meeting.

Statements are as follow:

Special Rapporteur

The Devastating Effects of Sanctions on the health of the Iranian people

Family Health Association of Iran

Mr. President

According to the definition of health given by the WHO’s constitution, all government and NGOs must work to promote the health of all people in our societies and in the global village, as emphasized in MDGs and SDGs.

Meanwhile, the sanctions imposed upon Iran have become one of the fundamental obstacles in the provision of health services to Iranian citizens, and has put the wellbeing of our society at great risk. In other words, the Iranian people’s health which is one of their fundamental Human rights has been threatened, these sanctions target many of the requirements for health provision and have negatively affected them in various areas including: food security, air pollution, difficulty in getting visas for sending patients overseas, procurement and supply of medicine and medical equipment, and the functioning of Iranian NGO’s active in the field of public health including FHA Iran which is an official member of IPPF. Additionally, international banking and economic sanctions have resulted in the increasing rarity and expensiveness of the medications needed for the treatment of rare and special diseases.

Also noteworthy is the inability of various NGO’s to receive funding for the implementation of projects from international organizations because of sanctions imposed on financial transactions with Iran.

Mr. President

In conclusion, the sanctions have adversely affected to the human rights of Iranian people so the support of the United Nations and the international community is essential for the effective lift of sanctions.

I thank you Mr. President

Human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims

Item 3 (Oral Statement)

Family Health Association of Iran

Mr. Chairperson,

Racism and racial discrimination has always been one of the most important problems in human history and is a violation of the Universal statement of Human Rights which has given all people equality and a life free from discrimination.

Today, unfortunately, these minimum human rights are not respected by the Myanmar government, and Rohingya Muslims face the strictest violations of their human rights for being Muslim and for having different ideas to the majority of people in that society which are the main reasons for this treatment. Thousands have been killed, wounded and displaced by the Myanmar Army's attacks on Muslims and the situation of women and children is much worse. The Myanmar army kills men and assaults women, many Muslims are forced to move from their country, which, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the fundamental and basic rights of humans living in their homeland.

Myanmar's Muslims do not have any citizenship rights, which is a crime against humanity. Therefore, all governmental and non-governmental organizations must unite against these crimes because in the twenty-first century such crimes are unacceptable and will be judged by posterity to be very ugly.

Mr. Chairperson,

The importance of this issue is such that the Family Health Association of Iran, as an Iranian NGO is condemning these crimes and has called on the Government of Myanmar to stop the brutality and we have urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to pressure the Myanmar government to recognize the human rights of Muslims in Rohingya.

Thank You

Human Rights Violations against Yemeni Women and Children

Item 4 (Oral Statement)

Family Health Association of Iran

Mr. Chairperson,

Yemen is a country in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe, a country that had suffered from political instability, lawlessness and tribalism, environmental crises and widespread poverty for many years.

As we are speaking, the people of Yemen have to procure their drinking water from unsafe and infested sources, contributing to the spread of cholera, which has reached epidemic proportions. There are around 200 thousand suspected cases of cholera which have caused 13 thousand deaths, one fourth of them being children, and the total death count can only be expected to rise further.

Around 70 percent of the Yemeni people are in dire need of humanitarian aid and assistance. Due to lack of access to health services, maternal, infant and child mortality is skyrocketing and malnutrition among women and children; especially pregnant women have become increasingly common.

Mr. Chairperson,

The Family Health Association of Iran, the full member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, expresses its total support for peace in Yemen hereby and calls on the international community and the UN Human Rights Council to pay special attention to establishment Peace and the observance of human rights and access to health and medical services for the Yemeni people and the elimination of all forms of violence, especially for women and children.

Thank You

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